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Artist Hillary Scott


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Biography


Hillary Scott (b. 1979) is an academically trained landscape painter from northeast Massachusetts. She earned her BFA from UMass Lowell (2002) in children's book illustration. She illustrated books for many years before making the transition to landscape painting in 2014. Hillary has an affinity for marshes, seas, and skies and finds endless inspiration in the beautiful New England landscape. Since she began exhibiting her oil paintings a few years ago she has been accepted into numerous juried shows and won several awards. Her paintings are in private collections worldwide. Most recently she has been recognized as one of PleinAir Magazine's 15 most influential landscape artists on Instagram and took 2nd place in International Artist Magazine's landscape competition for her painting, "Morning Mystique". Hillary is a member of the Oil Painters of America, a master artist member of Newburyport Art Association and represented by the Todd Bonita Gallery in Portsmouth, NH, Valerie's Gallery in Newburyport, MA, and Martinhouse Gallery in Blowing Rock, NC.
 
Artist Statement
 
As a former illustrator, my technique and goals have evolved.  Iíve long admired painters like Maxfield Parrish, who successfully created a perfect balance between realism and fantasy.  Thus, the purely magical scenes I once painted have been incorporated into realist images sourced from plein air studies, photos, visits, memory and imagination.  
In my latest series of paintings, I strive to capture the fleeting moments of morning and evening light.  Iím fascinated by the effect of light on landscapes and attempt to convey a sense of space, season, serenity, and nostalgia.  My compositions are designed to evoke an emotional reaction from the viewer; I consider a visceral response from my audience an important measure of success for a painting. Though I consider myself a realist, the minute details of a place are secondary to the mood and lighting they capture. [...]

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